Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lohani cracks whip, wants Air India's grounded narrow bodies to fly soon

New Delhi: Air India has been struggling with aircraft availability in its narrow body fleet for quite some time now. On any given day, 8-10 NBs from the fleet of 62 are grounded for lack of spares and other maintenance issues. But this is set to change.
Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani. Image from Lohani's Twitter accountAir India CMD Ashwani Lohani. Image from Lohani's Twitter account
An Air India official told Firstpost that the engineering department has been allocated a "substantial" amount of money for getting the grounded aircraft up and flying. According to this official, at least five more aircraft should be made available in the next two days to take the total to 58-59 daily; already fleet availability is up to 54 aircraft in the last few days.
"The CMD has made it clear to the engineering department that 58-59 aircraft should be available daily by month end. He has allocated a substantial amount to engineering for purchasing spares and other requirements," this official said on condition of anonymity.
28/09/15 Sindhu Bhattacharya/First Post
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